Fire Gets Rid Of Sarachan

Fire Gets Rid Of Sarachan

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 20, 2007

The hottest of hot seats is about to cool off a bit as reports out of the Windy City are that the Fire have sacked Dave Sarachan after a 4-6-2 start to the 2007 campaign.

The Fire have posted only one win in their last eight games and many players have been questioning Sarachan’s coaching and leadership behind closed doors.

Assistant coach Denis Hamlett will take over as interim head coach. Hamlett has been an assistant with the team for 10 years.

Sarachan has a mere .500% coach in his career with the Fire, going 55-50-31 and winning two US Open Cups. Many believe those US Open Cups were the reason why he got to keep his job as long as he did over the years.

The coaching search for a new gaffer will go on in the time being, but I feel that this is a process that has been going on for quite some time in Chicago. Sure the players didn’t respond to his coaching tactics but let’s face it, he was boring them to death with his defensive style. Chicago is a club that could do well with the offense that it has (even more so with Blanco coming over) but the defense has been lagging a lot. I believe in the summer transfer window the Fire need to use some allocation money and get a solid defender to anchor that backline that has been so terrible this season.

I believe this is a good move even though I am not a huge fan of a coaching firing during the season. The Fire need to act quickly before Blanco arrives though I believe. They do not a player like Blanco to control the clubhouse without a full-time coach in the house.

What are you feelings about this announcement? Will it even help the Fire or will lead continue to lead them down this path that they are already on?